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Our God is a sending God. He sent his best into the world to save us. Everyone who has received the gospel of reconciliation is sent to carry that gospel to others. Every believer is sent. You are either mission field or missionary. It is not through our success that God saves the world, but through our sacrifice. He calls us first to an altar, not a platform.
This weekend, at the Summit, I’m dusting off an old resource and rolling it back out. It’s a little prayer I pray, almost every day, to fortify my mind in the gospel. I call it the gospel prayer. This was my way of applying the gospel to my daily life. As we often say around the Summit, the gospel isn’t just the diving board; it’s the pool itself.
Early in my pastorate, a well-meaning pastor told me that we should not think that much about sending during our first ten years; we should focus on building up our church locally. I know he meant well, but I have come to see this as very bad advice. Inherent in the call to follow Jesus is a call to follow him in his mission, both to our neighbors and to the nations.
If you missed David Platt's (president of the IMB) visit to the Summit a few months ago, you need to watch this video. And even if you were here, you need to watch this video to reignite the passion for missions that David brought. Stirring stuff: "The love of God does not elicit mere intellectual adherence. It does not elicit casual acceptance. No, the scandalous love of God elicits total abandonment."